In This Issue:


July 12, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.:
Block Party!
July 15, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Volunteer information session for ADULTS. Sign up.


August 15: Last day to donate for back-to-school. 
August 19, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Volunteer information session for ADULTS. Sign up.


We invite all of our Ronald McDonald House at Stanford families, friends, and community neighbors to help us celebrate breaking ground on our 52,000-square-foot expansion.  


Please join us for an afternoon of free, fun,  

kid-and-family-friendly  activities.

Special guest Golden State Warriors Forward Harrison Barnes will be available to pose for photos with kids and adults at the Selfie Station!  

WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Under the tent next to our House at
520 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, CA

Dear Friend of the House,


Spring 2014 proved to be an exciting and busy time at Ronald McDonald House´┐Ż at Stanford. We are winding down from hosting three major fundraising events-House Party! Groundbreaking Gala, the 30th Annual Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament, and the Maserati Car Raffle.


Cumulatively, the events raised more than $1 million to support our ongoing operations. We are immensely grateful for the unprecedented levels of support from our donors, volunteers, and staff whose combined efforts contributed to our success over the first half of this year.


In addition to our annual events, our focus has been on our expansion. We are thrilled to be on pace to ultimately reach our Hope is Growing expansion campaign fundraising goal of $40.5 million. In June we reached a major milestone by surpassing our goal to raise 80 percent of construction costs, which allows us to break ground on our 52,000-square-foot expansion later this month!


Come celebrate this exciting milestone and groundbreaking at our Block Party on Saturday, July 12, from 2-4:30 p.m.! All House families, friends, and community neighbors are invited to this free, fun, kid-and-family-friendly event. Activities will include a magic show with Ronald McDonald, face painting, Jasper Ridge Farm Animals, a Kids' Spa and much more. Golden State Warrior Harrison Barnes will be on hand to celebrate and pose for photos with kids and adults alike at the selfie booth.   


Every day, the families and children staying at the House remind me of the urgency and importance of eliminating our ever-growing waitlist and providing a safe and comforting home-away-from-home for every family with a child receiving medical care at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.


Reaching this important milestone brings us one step closer to fulfilling our goal and would not have been possible without the generous support of the community, donors, partners and volunteers who make Ronald McDonald House at Stanford a place where hope has a home.


With sincere gratitude,



Annette Eros

Chief Executive Officer

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

Shon Clayton - A True Pioneer
Shon and Barbara Clayton during
their most recent visit to the House.

When Barbara, a foster mother for many years, first held Shon, a tiny, four-pound, two-month-old infant born with a severe heart defect and many other serious medical problems, she knew that he belonged with her, her husband Richard, and their three other adopted children. Without hesitation, Barbara bravely took little Shon home to begin what has been a long and sometimes perilous, journey of hope.


Shon, now 16, easily charms with his lopsided smile and offbeat humor. For someone who has endured nearly a dozen major surgeries, countless procedures, and difficult-to-treat, life-threatening medical conditions, Shon is exceptional for having a wonderfully positive outlook on life. At Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Shon is something of a superstar in that despite facing a host of near-fatal complications and other treatment setbacks, he keeps fighting back, no matter how dire his situation appears. Read more. 


To learn more about how you can help families like the Claytons stay together during a medical crisis, please visit: 

Meals for Munchkins Volunteers.

At Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, volunteers are crucial to the creation of a home-away-from-home and welcoming community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses.  


Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities (click the title for more information or to sign up): 


House Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to cover these positions and time slots (for more position details click here):


House Warmers 3-6 pm; 

CLIK 4-6 pm 


CLIK 4-6 pm
House Warmers
12-3 pm
House Warmers
12-3 pm
CAR 6-8 pm

House Warmers 9 am-12 pm, 3-6 pm, 6-9 pm; 

CLIK 10 am-12 pm, 12-2 pm; 

CAR 6-8 pm 

CLIK 10 am-12 pm, 12-2 pm
Meals For Munchkins
Great for Groups! Our House's "Meals for Munchkins" program ensures that lunch and dinner are provided to families 3-5 days out of any given week. Gather your friends, group members, or coworkers and make a meal for our families. They'll appreciate it!

Bilingual Spanish/English speaking candidates for all volunteer opportunities are given priority in the application process. The minimum age for volunteering in the House is 16 years of age. 

Call for Donations 


We're thinking ahead! Summer's here, which means the beginning of school isn't far behind. Help our House children be school-ready by donating the following before August 15:

  • College-ruled notebooks
  • Multi subject college-ruled notebooks
  • Wide-ruled notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Black or blue pens
  • Calculators
  • Glue sticks 
  • Folders
  • Highlighters
  • Washable markers
  • Boxes of crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Mini staplers
  • Notecards
  • Scissors
Backpacks for:
  • High school boys and girls
  • Middle school boys and girls
  • Elementary school boys and girls
  • Reusable Lunch Bags

Your Donations Help Children and Families Feel at "Home-Away-From-Home"
House families, many of whom are far from home, greatly appreciate being able to celebrate special days together at the House. Your donations help us provide comfort and care to families facing a medical crisis
PLEASE NOTE: Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. THANK YOU!


If you have any questions or would like any more information about donating to our House programs, please email Erica Lee, program coordinator, or call 650.470.6011.
Our Mission:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.

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